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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfleming View Post
    If you mean pinned, as in, bolted in place, then yes. That top log is a dress log only!! It gives no structural benefit. Behind it are basically poles that are bolted to the next log down that is used to support the roof.

    Some of the gaps are large - maybe 1. 1.5 inches!!
    That style of log home *should* "settle together" and typically you should see a settling gap behind trim, over doors and windows, as well as jack screws for roof ridge supports, to let down the roof as the logs shrink and settle. The fact that they aren't settling leads me to believe that the logs have all been spiked together, restricting their movement. Are the corner joints opening up too? It does sound like you have an unusual arrangement on how your place was constructed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rreidnauer View Post
    That style of log home *should* "settle together" and typically you should see a settling gap behind trim, over doors and windows, as well as jack screws for roof ridge supports, to let down the roof as the logs shrink and settle. The fact that they aren't settling leads me to believe that the logs have all been spiked together, restricting their movement. Are the corner joints opening up too? It does sound like you have an unusual arrangement on how your place was constructed.

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    My guess is that the gaps opened well after original construction. Whatever caused the change will likely cause a little more change, opening gaps around your fixes. If you can get to the bottom of why they formed, it may save you work later.


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